What we did in 2018

 

Lebanon Trust’s 2018 results

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Lebanon Trust’s volunteers with Grace, FAID’s director. We donated them 8000 dollars for their deaf pupils’ speech theraphy.

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Dear friends,

in October this year we went to Lebanon to visit the Institutions we support through your generosity: the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID), two kindergartens for refugees and the Home of Hope, for street and orphaned children.

For the 11th year in a row, we worked at FAID, where we renovated the students’ Computer Room and the Earmould Laboratory. Removing all the furniture and equipment, scraping and painting walls, windows, railings and doors, replacing the old carpet with a new one, moving the furniture back – we did it all over the course of several days and a weekend, in order not to disrupt the teaching schedule too much.

We also did painting and maintenance work on girls’ dormitory playground that we built in 2016, and did a complete clearance of the overgrowth in the garden.

We donated FAID 8000 dollars to finance a speech therapist for their nearly 70 deaf pupils, ranging from kindergarten pupils to teenagers. Speech therapy teaches deaf people how to speak and lip-read, allowing them to communicate with the wider world and equipping them for a productive future.

This year our team got a great new addition: Emma, from Como in Italy, a tireless worker and always in good spirits. A perfect volunteer!





This year we returned to the Home of Hope, an instute that welcomes street children and children with no family. With their Education Director Brady, we visited their place, talked to many of the children and gave them a donation of 2000 dollars for their computer class, where they learn programming and robotics. We also gave them many footballs, donated by O’Neills sport in Dublin.

One day during our trip we went to visit the kindergarten of the refugee camp of Shatila, as we have been doing every year since 2011. We love this place – despite its really bleak surroundings (a dilapidated and overcrowded refugee camp), the kindergarten is full of joy, colours, laughter and songs. The teachers are all super-motvated and full of energy. The children, aged 3 to 5, learn to read and write in Arabic and English. The classrooms are full of drawings; we added great clouds of soap bubbles, which the children adore.

On behalf of our donors, we gave the kindergarten’s director Mariam a donation of USD 2000 towards the purchase of books and material for those children whose families cannot afford them. Thank you friends and supporters!

One of our regular appointments when we are in Lebanon is the visit to the kindergarten of the refugee camp di Burj el-Shemali, in the historic city of Tyre, in the south of the country. We very much look forward to this, every time. It is a great day that we spend with the children and the teachers. They are all very warm and welcoming, always enthusiastic, motivated and full of ideas and projects.

We all sang songs in English, blew soap bubbles, ate sweets and made a lot of noise. On behalf of our supporters, we left a much-needed donation of 2000 dollars in support of the kindergarten’s activities. After the children left, the teachers surprised us with a huge Palestinian lunch, which was really delicious! Thank you!

Finances

Income: Donations to Lebanon Trust (Euro)

Fundraising events 3’589.61
Private donations, collection boxes, sponsorship cards 10’658.50
Corporate sponsorships 1’170.19
Total 15’418.30

(Year close Nov 30, 2018; EUR/USD/CHF currency exchange rate: as applied by our bank in Ireland)

Expenditure: Donations to the supported institutions, expenses (Euro)

Web hosting & domains, Paypal/banking commissions
121.15
Hardware & materials, transport, logistics, local labour 1795.23
Donation to FAID 7’120.00
Donation to the Home of Hope 1’780.00
Donation to Shatila refugee kindergarten 1’780.00
Donation to Burj el Shemali refugee kindergarten 1’780.00
Total 14’376.38
Difference 1’041.92

Accommodation was kindly provided by FAID for free. Most volunteers took unpaid leave from their employers.

Fundraising events organised by the volunteers over the year: Christmas swim, street collections, weekly raffles, cake sales, quiz night, birthday parties, virtual flea market, bucket collections.

Our special thanks to these friends, who helped us this year:

  • All the employees of Symantec Corporation in Dublin, and in particular the following friends:
    • Mick Halpin
    • Amanda Davis
    • David Tryse
    • Jayne Delahunt
    • Julie Weber
    • Louise Hanlon
    • Stephanie Derwojed
    • Wolfram Rausch
  • Jung Y. Yang e Stephen King, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Paul Velaski, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Jaime Barclay, Symantec Corporation
  • Davide Keane (Dublin)
  • Elaine Curley (Dublin)
  • Kathleen Halpin (Dublin)
  • Kieran Mc Loughlin & GK Nets of Howth
  • O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd. (Dublin)
  • Staff, Committee and customers at St Peregrines GAA Club, Blanchardstown (Dublin)
  • Mountview Pharmacy (Dublin)
  • Cut N Style Mountview Hairdressers (Dublin)
  • Salmons Public House, Mountview (Dublin)
  • Caroline, of EUROSPAR Hartstown (Dublin)
  • Big Mick & all the lads in Farleng engineering (Dublin)
  • Farleng Engineering (Dublin)
  • Pat Stafford of Stafford Engineering (Dublin)
  • All the lads on the John Paul construction site on the River Liffey (Dublin)
  • The very generous people of St. Peter’s Crescent and St Peter’s Drive, Walkinstown (Dublin)
  • All the staff & workers at the Diageo site at the Old Power Station in St James Gate (Dublin)
  • Walls Engineering, Carlow, Ireland
  • Griffin Digital Print (Dublin)
  • McCormack’s Cycle Centre (Dublin)
  • Eddy McHugh’s Shop (Dublin)
  • Paul Reid Dental Laboratories (Dublin)
  • Kelly’s Welding & Engineering Supplies Ltd (Dublin)
  • Gerard Kelly (Dublin)
  • Brenden Lilliput stores (Dublin)
  • and the many people who sponsored Paul Horace on the sponsor card, and the people he met while working on a wall building site in Dublin
  • British Airways
  • Air Lingus
  • Germania Airlines
  • Advanced Car Rental (Beirut)
  • Maria Pia Porta (Genova, Italy)
  • Martina Merkle (Zurich, CH)
  • Catherine & Adrian Poeydomenge-Ruf (Zurich, CH)
  • Patricia Meade (USA)
  • Cristina Ovas (UK)
  • Maria Chong (Messico)
  • Chaithra Vishnu (India)
  • Donel Flaherty (Tralee)
  • Adrian Kelly (Tralee)
  • Eddie McCarthy (Caherslee, Tralee)
  • Anthony Slattery & family (Listellick, Tralee)
  • Samantha Morressy of Bar One (Tralee)
  • Kiernan Donnehy (Tralee)
  • Dave, Aisling, Alex (Tralee)
  • Stacey Conway (Tralee)
  • Karen O’Brien (Tralee)
  • Francis Burke (Tralee)
  • Ed O’Connor (Tralee)
  • Dominick O’Brian (Tralee)
  • Pat Conway (Tralee)
  • Anto Carrol (Tralee)
  • Mike Conway, Jr (Tralee)
  • Adam Conway (Tralee)
  • Clodagh Lynch (Tralee)
  • Pat Francis Roche & family (Tralee)
  • Tommy Naughton (Tralee)
  • All street collectors in Tralee
  • Tim O’Brien (Tralee)
  • Sean P. Moran
  • Noel O’Connor, Adams garage (Tralee)
  • Sean Lynch (Tralee)
  • Sean McCord, Aqua Dome (Tralee)
  • Brogue Inn Restaurant (Tralee)
  • Niall Nolan of Nolan’s Garage (Tralee)
  • Ann Miller (Tralee)
  • Chelsey Conway (Tralee)
  • Billy Nolan Jewellers (Tralee)
  • Mike & Jordan Shea (Tralee)
  • Aidan Teahan (Tralee)
  • Pamela & Keith Costello (Tralee)
  • Maria Cristina Ferraro (Genova, Italy)
  • Alessandro Bertolotto (Genova, Italy)
  • Ole Vossnack (Zurich, CH)
  • Famiglia Vigna-Mori (Savona, Italy)
  • Carla & Natale Ferraro (Genova, Italy)
  • Checco Devia & famiglia (Genova, Italy)
  • Elena Prola-Smith & famiglia (Londra)
  • Enrico & Lilli Bertolotto (Genova, Italy)
  • Family Delfante-Cocurullo (Genova, Italy)
  • Family Parodi (Genova, Italy)
  • Family Fasciolo (Arquata Scrivia, Italy)
  • Giovanna Pellegrini & family (Genova, Italy)
  • Family Zappavigna (Marina di Massa, Italy)
  • Family Aquini (Arquata Scrivia, Italy)
  • Nino & Milda Cocurullo (Genova, Italy)
  • Family Della Penna (Genova, Italy)
  • Family Renato Ricci (Arquata Scrivia, Italy)
  • Silvana Falaschini, Giorgio Margotti (Livorno, Italy)

Visit to the refugee camp of Burj el-Shemali

Lebanon Trust visited a refugee kindergarten in the south of Lebanon

One of our regular appointments when we are in Lebanon is the visit to the kindergarten of the refugee camp di Burj el-Shemali, in the city of Tyre, in the south of the country.  We very much look forward to this, every time. It is a great day that we spend with the children and the teachers. They are all very warm and welcoming, always enthusiastic, motivated and full of ideas and projects.

We all sang songs in English, blew soap bubbles, ate sweets and made a lot of noise. On behalf of our supporters, we left a much-needed donation of 2000 dollars in support of the kindergarten’s activities.  After the children left, the teachers surprised us with a huge Palestinian lunch, which was really delicious! Thank you!

The Shatila refugee camp

Visit and donation to the kindergarten of the refugee camp of Shatila in Beirut

 

One day during our trip we went to visit the kindergarten of the refugee camp of Shatila, as we have been doing every year since 2011.  We love this place – despite its really bleak surroundings (a dilapidated and overcrowded refugee camp), the kindergarten is full of joy, colours, laughter and songs. The teachers are all super-motvated and full of energy. The children, aged 3 to 5, learn to read and write in Arabic and English. The classrooms are full of drawings; we added great clouds of soap bubbles, which the children adore.

On behalf of our donors, we gave the kindergarten’s director Mariam a donation of USD 2000 towards the purchase of books and material for those children whose families cannot afford them. Thank you friends and supporters!

A donation to FAID

Lebanon Trust’s donation to FAID to support speech therapy for the deaf children

Speech therapy teaches deaf people how to speak and lip-read, allowing them to communicate with the wider world and equipping them for a productive future. On behalf of our donors and supporters, we donated 8000 dollars to finance a speech therapist for the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf, which educates nearly 70 deaf children, ranging from kindergarten pupils to teenagers.

Visit to the Home of Hope

A visit and a donation to the Home of Hope

Last week we went to the Home of Hope, an instute that welcomes street children and children with no family. With their Education Director Brady, we visited their place, talked to many of the children and gave them a donation of 2000 dollars for their computer class, where they learn programming and robotics. We also gave them many footballs, donated by O’Neills sport in Dublin.

2018 – work at FAID

Lebanon Trust’s volunteers worked at FAID

 

For the 11th year in a row, the volunteers of Lebanon Trust went to The Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID), where they renovated the students’ Computer Room and the Earmould Laboratory. Removing all the furniture and equipment, scraping and painting walls, windows, railings and doors, replacing the old carpet with a new one, moving the furniture back – our A-team did it all over the course of several days and a weekend, in order not to disrupt the teaching schedule too much.  We also did painting and maintenance work on girls’  dormitory playground  that we built in 2016, and did a complete clearance of the overgrowth in the garden.

The volunteers are back from Lebanon

The volunteers are back from Lebanon!

We have just returned from Lebanon: six volunteers from three countries spent two weeks in Lebanon, working at The Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf, and visiting and delivering donations also to two kindergartens for refugee children and an institute for street and orphaned children.

Time went fast and the trip was very intense, but we are proud of what we achieved on behalf of our donors and supporters. Thank you all!

Our volunteers are heading to Lebanon

Once again, our volunteers are heading to Lebanon

This month, an international group of six Lebanon Trusters will fly to Beirut for the charity’s  annual trip to visit the institutions we support financially, and to do practical work. As every year, we will stay at the Father Institute for the Deaf in the outskirts of Beirut, and do maintenance work there. We will also visit their outreach program in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, where hundreds of thousands Syrian refugee live.

As we have been doing for several years now, we will also visit two kindergartens for refugee children, run by our partner Association Najdeh.  We plan to visit the orphanage Home of Hope as well, which we got to know & supported last year for the first time.

We all look forward to being in Lebanon! Many hearfelt thanks to all the friends who donated and help our charitable projects.

 

FAID newsletter

An update on FAID’s activities

Have a look at the newsletter of the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID) in Beirut, which we support since 2008  (in pdf format).

Download FAID's newsletter

FAID’s outreach programme for refugees

FAID reaches deaf refugees in the mountains of Lebanon

Currently, the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID) in Beirut welcomes about 20 deaf Syrian refugee children. This is as much as they can handle, because getting financial support for Syrian students is extremely difficult. Yet, the need is huge, as Lebanon has taken in about 1 million refugees from Syria.

This is the reason why FAID has created a different, innovative approach to this problem. It is called “Outreach Program” and consists of having 2 special education professionals going regularly to the Zahle region in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, where most refugees are. They will provide hearing aids, speech therapy and education, most importantly working with the parents of the deaf children. A special program has been devised to teach parents how to best support their children.

The program is scheduled to start in September 2018, and it will run in collaboration with Salam, which we at Lebanon Trust visited last year.

A day in St. Gallen (Switzerland) with the LCD

Today Nadine and Hussein Ismail of The Learning Center for the Deaf (LCD) in Lebanon visited their support association in Switzerland, the “Freudeskreisder Gehörlosenschule LCD Libanon” (FKLCD) in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Hussein and Nadine explained what they do and the projects that they intend to develop in favour of the deaf people of Lebanon. The atmosphere was very welcoming and the whole day was very interesting and very well organised. Well done!

We at Lebanon Trust visited Nadine and Hussein last November at their school LCD in Baabda, near Beirut, and were impressed by it.

A visit by the United Nations – meet Mohammed, a brilliant 7-year old student at FAID

A visit by the United Nations – meet Mohammed, a brilliant 7-year old student at FAID

(© UNHCR/Diego Ibarra Sánchez)

The United Nations agency for refugees and its High Commissioner Filippo Grandi went to FAID, the school for deaf children that we help since 2008. The star of this wonderful video is Mohammad, aged 7 and born at the very beginning of the Syria war. Mohammad is from Syria and he is a refugee; he lost his left hand when his house was shelled in 2014. Now he and his family live in Beirut. He is deaf and atttends FAID, where he is a very good and very diligent student.